Still experiencing the symptoms of a cold, but because the symptoms are restricted to the neck up, I am still working and going about my daily activities like normal. With a little help from an over-the-counter decongestant, and a few Advil, I'm able to pretty much maintain my status as a well-oiled Jess-machine. This includes keeping up with the routine runs, and tonight I did my planned 3 miler in 27:58. By no means my fastest 3 miler, but it is faster than what my 3 milers have averaged in the past few months.
Sure, I could attribute the speed in part to the improved weather conditions here in South Florida as of late, and yeah sure, I could also attribute the speed to my anger (had a "slightly" frustrating day with students -- in short, I threatened some with a "pistol whipping," but that got more laughs than tears of fear and anxiety: I just haven't yet mastered the art of intimidation), but I choose to attribute my bullet-train speed this evening to the super powers granted to me by the generic brand decongestant.
As far as I know, the US Track and Field has not yet banned it from use in regulated races, so perhaps with even cooler weather and a truckload of pseudoephedrine, I could be the next Paula Radcliffe. Without the nagging injuries, of course.